Reblog: 17 Funny Things You Can Relate to If You Buy Too Many Books

17 Funny Things You Can Relate to If You Buy Too Many Books

My mother sent me this link. It’s like she knows me. Though to be fair, number 4 is actually true. And number 2. And maybe number 1. And number 12…okay, all of them. They’re all true. C’mon, have you seen the tagline for this blog? It’s not really a joke.

How about you? Which one do you relate to the most?

Oh , The Places You’ll Boldly Go!

Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!

oh-the-places-youll-boldly-goSo David Gerrold, who will have “Creator of Tribbles” on his gravestone, has a Kickstarter project for a Star Trek version of Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go!  That’s pretty much all I needed to hear. There’s not much in the description or the video, but the concept alone caught me, as two of the best things ever mashed together become something even greater. You know, like how peanut butter and chocolate make Reese’s Cups. As of this time, it is fully funded so it will be made, but there’s still 9 more days for people to get their orders in before the campaign is over. Ty Templeton has mocked up covers for two of Gerrold’s other books, The World of Star Trek and The Trouble with Tribbles, and to be honest I would probably buy all three if they really were all picture books. A Seussical picture book telling the story of The Trouble with Tribbles? Perfection! Unfortunately, I think they are just covers for existing books, but maybe a series? Huh guys? Seriously, there are alien species in Star Trek just begging to be Seussized. Seussised? Seussinated? Suessed? Not sure about the grammar here, but I’d be willing to work on it if it means more of these adorable books.





Reblog: How to Throw a Coloring Party

How to Throw a Coloring Party

Colouring books for adults are a trend right now, but an enjoyable one. It’s relaxing to just sit and colour (though you really need to get the good pencil crayons, mine are so cheap they don’t work very well). A lot of libraries are starting to run colouring parties for adults, with the idea that it’s creative, relaxing, and a good way to socialize while you’re asking someone to please pass the blue crayon. This link is more for throwing a personal party, but it can be easily adapted to a library. You can get easy colouring books with large, simple designs to colour, or books with more intricate patterns that require more attention to detail. Crayons, pencil crayons, markers, you can use any medium you choose. It’s simple, cheap, and fun–the perfect program!

Reblog: This Public Library Figured Out The Perfect Way For Teens To Find Self-Help Books

This Public Library Figured Out The Perfect Way For Teens To Find Self-Help Books

A friend of mine shared this, and it’s such a great idea. A librarian at Sacramento Public Library came up with a way to help teens wanting information about personal issues who don’t want to share those issues with a stranger, or even a librarian they know. If you haven’t clicked the link above, he came up with a poster listing some common topics that teens might want information on, with the Dewey Decimal numbers beside them so that the teen doesn’t have to ask for help finding them. The nice thing about DDC is that the numbers are all in order, and every library marks their shelving units with the numbers that the specific shelves hold to make things very easy to find. Even if you don’t know how to find something, you can easily ask a librarian for a lesson in finding things in general without needing to be shown exactly the subject you’re interested in, and most public libraries in Canada and the US use DDC so it is the same numbers for the same subjects in most libraries.

This is a really good way to protect privacy while still helping people find the information they need. Not everyone has internet access to find things out online, plus there’s the question of the quality of information available there, and one of the tumblr commenters in the image makes the excellent point that parents or siblings might be able to check your browser history on a home computer. The sign even recommends using the self-checkout machines for added privacy, so there’s no one handling your books and looking at the titles.

I think I might add bullying and cyber-bullying onto the list, though, since they’re very important issues right now that teens (or people of other ages, for that matter) might be dealing with. Can you think of anything else? Leave a comment with any other important topic suggestions.

Reblog: How Many of These Classic Children’s Books Have You Read?

How many of these classic children’s books have you read?

40, I think, but it’s been awhile. And some of them I think I need to read again. How about you? And what books do you think are missing from the list?

Dark Lord and the Seamstress Kickstarter

So my friend J.M. Frey, the author ofTriptych and Hero is a Four Letter Word, has written a picture book, called The Dark Lord and the Seamstress, with art by Jennifer Vendrig. It’s a staff pick on Kickstarter, and there’s only a few days left to donate. It’s over halfway there–it would be amazing if in the last few days it could get fully funded and out in time for All Hallows’ Read as planned. You can read the first few verses on the Kickstarter page, as well as see some of the preliminary art. Though personally I love the art for the announcement, as seen below–doesn’t he just look like a Really Big Dork, and she’s just So Not Impressed?

Dark LordIt’s an adorable book written by a very talented author, and I can’t wait to get my copy and review it here for all of you lovely readers–and if you donate to the Kickstarter, you can get your own signed copy, with your name on the backers’ list printed in every copy! Your name in a published book! You know, not on the cover, but it’s a start to every reader’s authorial dream, right? And everyone needs an adorable picture book. Plus, Christmas is coming up–it’d be a great gift! (hint hint)

So please donate, and see this whimsical little story come to life via the magic of Kickstarter.

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

Like just about every other person my age, I grew up on Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton’s enthusiasm for reading and learning and his complete faith that books opened all possibilities was so inspiring, and he’s kept that positivity and passion and dedication to helping children find their own love of reading for over 30 years. I loved the show when I was a kid, but I lost track of it a bit as I grew up. I was thrilled when a friend of mine shared a link for a Reading Rainbow Kickstarter. Even though the television show was cancelled in 2006, the RR team has kept the dream alive, first with an amazingly popular app for iPad and Kindle Fire, and now with their new project: to create Reading Rainbow on the web so that anyone can access it, not just have it tied to specific devices. They want to greatly expand the books and video field trips they already have, and they want to be able to offer Reading Rainbow to classrooms in need free of charge, so that every child can have the opportunity to discover their own love of reading. It is American-focused, but the wonderful thing about being web-based means that children worldwide will be able to take advantage of the content.

The Kickstarter began May 28 with the goal of raising $1,000,000 in 35 days. They raised it in 11 hours. I have the page open as I’m writing this, and a day in it’s at $1,548, 554. Oops, $1,548, 669. I mean, $1,549,064. $1,549,164. $1,549,174. Over 33,000 backers who say that reading is important, and that a love of reading is equally as important as the skill itself. People who have donated anywhere from $5 to $10,000. It’s amazing, and heartwarming, and hopeful. Books teach, books connect, and books inspire, like nothing else can, and it’s so vitally important to pass these things on to the next generation.

So I absolutely encourage everybody to donate to this. Even just the $5, if that’s all you can spare–$5 times 33,000 people sure adds up. It’s already added up to $1,551,675. $1,551,740. $1,552,685. But you don’t have to take my word for it.


I’ll see you next time!

Reblog: Guelph Public Library Needs People Like Me

Guelph Public Library Needs People Like Me

This is an interesting piece. Everybody hates paying library fines, but they’re really only half-meant to encourage people to return their items on time. Library fines have become a much-needed part of the budget, especially since many public libraries face funding challenges nowadays.

It’s nice that Deirdre Healey doesn’t express anger over her fines–she’s a little rueful over how much she has to pay for a service that is nominally ‘free’ (paid for by taxes), but she also acknowledges that it’s her own fault for not returning things sooner, and that she’s just not that organized a person. One thing that she doesn’t mention though, when you take it down to a dollar-and-cents issue, is how much money she has saved by not having to buy 70+ books and DVDs for her children per month or however often they go. Fines are still usually less than having to buy so many items new, or even used. It’s wonderful that she supports her children reading and takes them to the library so often–maybe they just need to go a little more often to solve that late fee problem!

This is a cute little opinion piece about something that probably irritates a lot of people, but Healey tackled it with wit and a laugh and a desire to find out just what the fines are used for. (Hint: it’s not so librarians can have a gold-plated break room.)